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Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (Ph.D.)

"Well structured but also flexible"

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in the Institute for Nursing Science and Practice of Paracelsus Medical Private University in Salzburg which is a doctorate study program with the goal to support the education of young scientists in the nursing & allied health sciences.

With this program, the students in the doctorate study program are prepared for the complex challenges in the science or in other professional positions outside of the university and research areas. In addition, their early scientific independence is supported.

An interdisciplinary orientation – i.e. a doctorate study for Ph.D. in the nursing & allied health sciences – in the German-speaking region is intended and desired, on the basis of which subject-related scientific research problems focused on the human diseases are treated not only in the nursing science but also in the related health science areas (public health, midwifery, medicine, physio- and ergo-therapy, etc.).


The doctorate study program for Ph.D. in Nursing & Allied Health Sciences is created within the framework of a thematically focused research program and a structured qualification concept in a postgraduate school. A postgraduate school follows the principle of qualification of outstanding doctorate students and offers special teaching offers, interdisciplinary research colloquiums as well as targeted methodological workshops for conveying subject-(in)dependent qualifications.

The focus is on acquiring the ability to do independent scientific research work. Proceeding from this point, the graduates must receive an expanded scientific qualification for the teaching and research within the framework of this postgraduate school. This also includes intensive mentoring, ideal support and the exchange with other doctorate students from the related disciplines.

The doctorate study program for a Ph.D. in Nursing & Allied Health Sciences is designed as a combined online/attendance study program which can be graduated from in three years or also in six years as extra-occupational education. The study program starts in April of each calendar year.

Target group and prerequisites

This postgraduate study program can admit candidates who have completed a master's degree or a comparable final exam (300 ECTS) in a study program with focus on nursing or other related health sciences, so that in-depth knowledge can be expected. The number of study places is limited to max. 10 per year.

Knowledge of the German language (level C1) and English language (level B2) is required.

Study structure and contents

Along with the attendance teaching events and seminars in Salzburg (15 to 25 days per year) the doctorate study is built, similarly to the bachelor and master’s degree study programs of the Institute for Nursing Science and Practice, on the use of special Internet-based teaching and learning forms and the so-called learning on demand strategies. This means, among other things, studying from homeby means of innovative learning platforms, learning objects in the form of podcasts, virtual lecture halls, online tutoring, etc.

The activities within the framework of a scientific community are supported as best as possible and include the visit of summer schools, conferences, etc. as well as research institutions (5 to 10 days per year), in order to be able to build up national and international contacts and subject-specific networks for subject-based and task-related exchange.

First study year module

Second study year module

Third study year module

The knowledge expansion through the original research itself – and through the support by the main mentors and the second mentor – is supported by conveying scientific knowledge and by methods training in the graduate school by high-ranking national and international lecturers from the theoretical and practical nursing and healthcare sciences:

  • Advanced quantitative social and health research
  • Advanced qualitative social and health research
  • Scientific learning, working, writing and publishing
  • Scientific theory and sociology
  • Analytic and continental philosophy
  • Triangulation and mixed method designs
  • Culturally sensitive nursing and healthcare debates
  • Gender research and teaching, etc.

Along with the regular special/teaching events and research-based seminars, sufficient time is devoted also to the non-public research colloquiums, inter-university events, journal clubs and chocolate and research conversations. In this way, the doctoral students practice and perfection their abilities for critical analysis and thinking on various problem solutions as well as for presentation and discussion of the own research work under the guidance of national and international lecturers as well as employees of the Institute for Nursing Science and Practice.

Along with the specialised training, opportunitiesfor developing generic abilities within the framework of this doctorate study program are provided as well. These are certain additional qualifications such as, for example,

  • project management
  • advanced scientific English
  • rhetoric and presentation techniques
  • university didactics, etc.,

which are relevant both for the profession of the researcher or for other professional or management positions and thus increase the chances on the nursing- and healthcare-related labour market.

Please be aware that the modules within the Graduate School will be evaluated by means of essays or presentations.

Professional chances and activity fields

Attendance days

Ph.D. Class 2016

First study year – attendance weeks 2016:

Ph.D. Class 2016

Second study year – attendance weeks 2017:

Study fees

The study fees must be paid per academic year and amount to 4,500 Euros (full time) and 2,250 Euros (part time) per academic year with annual valorisation plus one-time examination fee of 1,000 Euros.

A one-time examination fee of 500 Euros must be paid at the registration. It includes a starter package (i.e. registration fees, student ID card, headset, etc.) and the maintenance of the admission prerequisites procedure (the selection of the candidates and the forms of processing) performed by the Ph.D. Committee with external experts.


The eligibility of the applicants is determined through a two-step admission procedure which has to be performed also in the case of a change in the research subject during the doctorate study for Ph.D. in Nursing & Allied Health Sciences.

The proof of the written application documents takes place on time in the period till the 15 December of every calendar year and includes the proofs for the transcripts/certificates from the previous study degrees. The eligibility of the applicants is determined also on the basis of a motivation letter of 1,000 to 1,500 words, which explains in details the educational goals and plans and provides information about why the candidate would like to work as a scientist within the framework of a doctorate study program for Ph.D. in Nursing & Allied Health Sciences.

Furthermore, information about the research proposal (i.e. the formulated research interests with methodological access) must be provided with 2,500 to 3,000 words. The selection of the applicants takes place according to predefined guidelines by the Ph.D. Committee of the Institute for Nursing Science and Practice of Paracelsus Medical Private University in Salzburg.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Margitta Beil-Hildebrand, Ph.D., M.Sc., Dip.Nurs.Mngt., PG Cert.HE, RGN
Institute of Nursing Science and Practice
Professor for Qualitative Research and Healthcare
Course Director of PhD Program Nursing & Allied Health Sciences and DNP-Program

Phone: +43 662 2420-80365
Mobile: +43 699 14420047
Jacqueline Horvatits
Institute of Nursing Science and Practice

Phone: +43 662 2420-80311
Christine Dunger, Ph.D., MSc, BScN
Institute of Nursing Science and Practice
Research Associate

Mobile: +43 699 12420103